McMaster volleyballers draw OUA attention

The McMaster Marauders men’s volleyball team and Queen’s Gaels women’s hockey teams are the Pizza Pizza Ontario University Athletics Teams of the Month for February.

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McMaster went 6-1 in February to be crowned the newest OUA Champions. On Saturday night at Alumni Hall in London, the Marauders were able to take down the top ranked Western Mustangs in their own gymnasium. The Marauders defeated the Mustangs 3-1, on their way to their third OUA title in four years.

Mikasa Final Four MVP Tyler Santoni (Kingston) and Rookie All-Star Jori Mantha (Vanier) led the Marauders with 11 kills and 14 points. The McMaster Marauders advance to the Canadian Interuniversity Sports championships being held at Trinity Western University in B.C., March 4-6.

The Queen’s Gaels women’s hockey team put together one of their best stretches of hockey in program history during February. The Gaels won all seven of the games they played, including five wins over nationally-ranked opponents, and outscored their opposition 21-7, allowing just a single goal in each of their wins. The Gaels opened the month with victories on the road over No. 5 Brock and No. 8 Guelph before finishing their regular season at home with two more wins to wrap up fourth place in the OUA standings.

They continued their strong play into the post-season, posting three consecutive 2-1 double overtime victories over No. 10 Windsor in the quarter-finals and No. 2 Laurier in the semi-finals to advance to their first OUA Championship since 2006-07. Goaltender Mel Dodd-Moher starred for the Gaels during the streak, especially during the playoffs, as she won all three playoff games posting a 0.75 GAA and a 0.973 SV%.

Twin sisters Brittany and Morgan McHaffie were also very strong for Queen’s with both players posting four points in three games while Brittany scored both overtime winners against the Golden Hawks.